PRIDE AND GLORY
Where’s the Beef?
Release Date: October 24, 2008
Starring: Edward Norton, Jon Voight,
Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich,
Jennifer Ehle, and John Ortiz
Genre: Police Drama
Runtime: 125 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Executive Producer: Toby Emmerich, Cale Boyter and
Producer: Gregory O’Connor
Writer: Joe Carnahan and Gavin
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Detective Ray Tierney has relegated himself to missing persons because of a previous case gone wrong. Evidently, he compromised his high values in reporting on the case to his superiors. While most of the police are watching a police football game, four policemen are caught in an ambush in a drug infested area of the city. These men belong to the division headed by Ray’s brother, Francis. Ray’s father, the chief of Manhattan detectives, also named Francis, forces Ray to lead the investigation.
As Ray starts to dig into the case, he finds out the corruption leads all the way up to his brother and brother-in-law. Eventually, he must decide whether to keep the thin blue line code of silence or observe a higher law and do the right thing.
This storyline sounds promising, but the movie creates so much cruelty, chaos and evil that it almost buries the story it’s trying to tell. Instead of justice being done, the New York Police gang ends up fighting against the street gangs. The portrait of the police is so cruel and horrible that one wonders how the director and producer, Gavin and Gregory O’Connor, could have made this movie when they themselves grew up in a New York police family. Some of the activities of the police include stealing from innocent people, pointblank executions, stuffing a nightstick down someone’s throat, beating people to a pulp, beating woman, and threatening to take a hot iron to the face of a baby. With all the cruelty and violence, the plot fades to insignificance, and many times the movie feels boring, because you don’t care about the characters who have become so repulsive. The story is also told in a convoluted manner leaving the hero, Ray, out of too many scenes.
There have been great cop movies, such as G-MEN with James Cagney, 16 BLOCKS with Bruce Willis, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT with Sidney Poitier, and the Steve McQueen classic BULLITT, not to mention countless TV shows from the 1950s, 1950s and 1960s. MOVIEGUIDE(r) suggests renting one of those instead of going to PRIDE AND GLORY.
This storyline sounds promising, but the movie wallows in so much cruelty, chaos and evil that it almost buries the morality tale. Instead of justice being done, the New York Police gang ends up fighting against the street gangs. With all the cruelty and violence, the plot fades to insignificance and many times the movie feels boring, because you don’t care about the characters. PRIDE AND GLORY also contains a super-abundance of excessive obscene curse words.